Does Revision Rhinoplasty Cost More?

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Cost of revision rhinoplasty

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Major revisions of the nose necessitate more surgical time and rhinoplasty expertise, and therefore generally cost more. However, if the issue is a small and straightforward one, occasionally revision surgery could be quicker and less invasive than the primary surgery. Insurance coverage (difficulty breathing, deviated septum, etc.) can also offset some of the cost in selected cases. Overall, the cost is quite variable and needs to be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Revision Rhinoplasty Costs

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Revision rhinoplasty is generally (but not always) more complex than the initial rhinoplasty. However, a thorough consultation and physical examination is needed to understand the scope and complexity of the case.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Revision rhinoplasty and cost

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The short answer is yes...but not dramatically.  In Scottsdale, AZ we charge 6500 for a revision regardless of complexity.  The average number of complex revisional surgeries performed per year from other primary surgeons is 100+

Shepherd G. Pryor, MD
Scottsdale Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Revision rhinoplasty costs vary

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Generally, a revision rhinoplasty will cost more than a primary rhinoplasty by the same surgeon. Full revisions are typically more complicated, take longer and may involve harvesting additional cartilage grafts. Having a more minor refinement-type of procedure may actually take less time (and cost less) however. As has been mentioned, rhinoplasty fees vary widely throughout the country and are very dependent on what specifically needs to be done. Consulting with a few rhinoplasty surgeons you trust is the best way to determine what to expect in your situation.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Revision rhinoplasty costs

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Typically a revision rhinoplasty costs more than a standard procedure due to the longer length of time it takes to do the procedure as well as the increased complexity in performing the procedure itself. In addition, there is longer follow-up required after the surgery to make sure that the result is optimal. I hope this information helps.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Rhinoplasty Revision Cost Compared to Initial Nasal Surgery

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Rhinoplasty is not one operation, but rather many potential procedures to improve the appearance and function of the nose. The cost of rhinoplasty varies greatly, but it's usually similar for plastic surgeons in your area. Portions of rhinoplasty surgery may also be covered by your insurance provider. Rhinoplasty cost is depends on several factors, but largely dependent on the following:

Region - Beverly Hills rhinoplasty more expensive than rural Midwest

Complexity - Full rhinoplasty treating many parts of the nose and requiring anesthesia is more expensive than simple procedures isolated to specific areas which may be performed with local anesthesia

Revision rhinoplasty - Revision surgery more expensive than primary surgery. Revision procedures with the same plastic surgeon generally have a much lower cost

Surgeon - Some plastic surgeons charge significantly more or less than their peers

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 89 reviews

Revision rhinoplasty is a meticulous process

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A repeat operation involves diagnosing the problem, being prepared to deal with tissues that may have been damaged, scarred or removed in the previous operation and then formulating a plan to correct the problem.  Not uncommonly I use a harvested rib to correct the problems.  The cost depends on the scope of the problem. 

Robert Mounsey, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon

Revision rhinoplasty should cost more

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Why? Because its harder. Plus it requires more experience and surgical skill. It usually takes longer, sometimes requiring cartilage harvesting from the ear or rib. However sometimes it is less expensive as the original rhinoplasty. In cases where the revision is undertaken by the original surgeon, his/her cost is often waved. Occasionally if the revision is minor or a non-surgical rhinoplasty is chosen, the cost can be again less.

Revision rhinoplasty can cost more than the original surgery

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Revision rhinoplasty can be much more challenging than the original surgery and may require obtain materials such as a rib graft that were not necessary during the first surgery. For these reasons, it is common that a revision rhinoplasty may cost significantly more than the first surgery. However, keep in mind that each additional nasal surgery becomes more challenging than the one before. Your focus should not only be on cost butt on finding a board-certified plastic surgeon who has a great deal of experience in revision rhinoplasty and advanced cartilage harvesting and grafting techniques.

Revision Rhinoplasty Cost

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The cost of revision rhinoplasty can vary significantly depending on what needs to be done to correct the problems with the nose. Sometimes a revision is a minor undertaking and can be accomplished in the office with local anesthetic. Most surgeons will correct imperfections that weren't adequatelty addressed or arose from the original surgery for their own patients at no additional charge.

However, if you are seeking a complete "re-do" by another surgeon, the cost can range from $6,000 to $25,000. With major structural deformities, cartilage grafts are required to rebuild the nasal framework. Septal cartilage, while the preferred source of cartilage grafts, has usually been depleted during the first operation. Revision Rhinoplasty Surgeons then have to "borrow" cartilage from another part of the body - such as the ear or rib. This increases the operative time and cost.

C. Spencer Cochran, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 149 reviews

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